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Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham – November 15th 2013

Written by: Mark Roberts

Now in its 30th year and spanning 11 halls with 1,500 Classic Cars, this was the biggest show yet.

The Live Stage was hosted by Mike Brewer and Edd China and featured special guests Sir Stirling Moss and David Soul of (Starsky & Hutch) David was also on the Lancaster Insurance stand with the iconic Ford Gran Torino.

With it being the 40th anniversary of the Capri RS3100, there was a number on display on many of the Capri stands. Walking around the show there was some great Fords on display including beige RS2000 with the original stickers still on the tyres, Jim Clark’s Lotus Cortina Road Car and a beautifully restored Mk1 Transit.

We managed to see most of the show, but had to breeze through some of it by 5.00pm. Hopefully we will try and make it a 2 day trip next year.

Members who attended:

Saturday: Bernie, Mark, John and Lewis.

Sunday: Sabrina, Steve and Craig.


Season Finale Run – Sunday 29th September 2013

Written by: Mark Roberts

Not great weather for this one, at times it was difficult to see the car in front as the mist and fog descended.

But despite this we had a great turnout with 17 cars, this we achieved with the help of our friends, Proper Cornish Cruisers.

We all met at the Fox and Hounds Scorrier for a 10.15 start. We then headed to Falmouth and Events Square, where we parked up for over 1 hour.

The weather at this point was dry and clear. (Although worse was to come) Because of this the town was relatively quiet but at the square the cars drew quite a crowd.

After some refreshments we headed off around Castle Drive, Swanpool and then on to Rame where we were confronted by more fog!

Once in Helston some members headed home. The remaining cars took the road to Hayle and back to our meeting place, The Bird in Hand.

We would like to thank all Duchy members, Proper Cornish Cruisers, Kingsley Osbourne with his Anglia Van and Mike Rangecroft, who is the organiser for the Events Square.


Roadford Rally at Roadford Lake Nr Launceston Organised by Classic Fords Southwest

Sunday 1st September 2013

Written by: Mark Roberts

Members Myself (Mark) John, Bernie, Pete & Jodie, Vince & Michelle, Carl and Sally all met at Chivey Roundabout (Starbucks)

The weather was dry and warm for this one, and we had a good run up to Launceston where we met Pete Parnell who then led the way to Roadford.

On arrival we parked up with Club member Robert, who had made his own way – a total of 8 Cars on display.

This was their first rally and they had a good range of cars, mainly Fords plus some bikers and even a steam truck. During the morning we walked down to the Café for a coffee, the views across the lake were stunning; I can see why this place is popular.

We spent the rest of the day chilling, chatting and purchasing the odd item from the auto jumble.

Thanks to Steve and all at Classic Ford southwest for a great day.


The Cornish Steam & Country Fair (West of England)

16th to 18th August 2013

Written by: Mark Roberts & Steve Hunt


Mark, Steve, John, Craig, Carl and Bernie all arrived in the pouring rain at Stithians to put up the Club Stand, saving ourselves enough room before space taken by other exhibitors. Once we had finished Bernie then left to get his Capri 3.0S and left his keys with Steve, Bargain but no fuel. We all returned back home looking forward to the weekend and hoping the weather will improve.


On Friday the rain had stopped and it looked like a good day so we made our way to Stithians. Steve’s Capri was driven by Sabrina, where they met John and Craig. Mark had already left his 2.8 on the stand earlier as he had to take Julie to Hospital for a small operation, all went well. Brill.

Soon after Laurence Reed of Radio Cornwall arrived, he was very interested in the Cars and interviewed Steve and John. – Well done. Later on Carl turned up with his Cortina. Friday evening was excellent we went on the Noah’s Ark, Bumper Cars and the really scary Ghost Train (Couldn’t sleep after)


Saturday unfortunately was a complete wash out (Only the hardy bunch for today) Just a few Cars although our Stand still looked good and the Austin 7’s still had 30 cars on display. We spent the day either in our new gazebo or Tony’s van. Mark and John with wet weather gear took the opportunity to have a look around while it was quiet. Saturday evening cleared up, so the members who camped went down to the beer tent to see Johnny Cowling – he’s a P*** taker but very funny.


Shorts and T-shirt weather again- Sunday was a great day. Mark and Lewis turned up with the Mk1, Pete & Jodie, Winston and Rob with his stunning Laser all joined the Stand – a total of 9 Cars. The car section was full with standard to fully modified Metal on display. The whole show was busy, a world of difference from Saturday. Around 4pm we joined the car display which was great apart from the wait in the field – some of the Cars were getting warm. We were given Mugs instead of Plaques which was great and useful.

A great show and we can’t wait for next year.

Well done to Car Secretary Jason Goss.

Mark and Steve.

Carnhell Green Charity Vintage Rally

Saturday 10th August 2013

Written by: Mark Roberts

Members Mark, Lewis, Pete and Jodie attended this one, now in its 20th year they have raised over £100,000 for charity so far.

This is a great little one day show that has grown even since I’ve been going these last few years. With over 100 Cars, Commercials, Steam, a very good showing of Motor Cycles, Tractors and Heavy Horses, there was something for everyone.

Pete was roped into driving a very tidy Mini Van on the Commercial display, a bit of a change after his car. As he passed me he shouted ‘I prefer my Capri!’

There were many Fords on display, ranging from a couple of Model T’s, a Model A, V8 Pilot, Escorts, Anglia’s and of course Capri’s.

The V8 Pilot was awarded best of show, with stiff competition a good day for the blue oval badge. Being a local show, it was great to catch up with friends for a chat without the expense of travelling too far.

Roll on next year, I will certainly be going and can recommend this event for everyone.


Powderham 2013

13th & 14th July 2013

Written by: Sabrina Tankard

So that’s Powderham over for another year.

It all started for some of us early hours of Friday morning. Members Mark, Steve, Craig, Tony, Luke and Sabrina (me) set off from Starbucks car park at 0630. That’s after I had gone down to pick up Steve and his Capri. I was in flying command of the yellow 2.0S this weekend….god I love that car!!

So we leave Starbucks and head straight for MacDonalds for breakfast…..carry on like this and it’s gonna be a very long journey. Just as well we set off early for this 2 hour drive to the next county. I had also forgotten just how heavy Capri steering is. I’ve been spoiled with my modern car.

We set off, properly this time and got to Powderham at 0900.

Found a space in the camping field and set up our tents and gazebo. Weather is hot and getting hotter. We were joined later by Carl and Aaron and the drinking had already begun. Then Pete and his girlfriend Jodie joined us in the evening.

Saturdays Show we were joined by Vince in his Corsair. We had 6 cars on the stand. Some amazing looking cars there. At a show like this there are also Trucks, Steam Traction Engines, Bikes and Tractors. Many stalls too. The majority of vehicles would join the show on the Sunday.

Saturday evening was great (for me) as some of the lads from oldskoolford joined us for camping in their Escorts…..which they gave me the keys to and told me to fill my boots. OMG they are amazing but the Mk2 would’ve got me into trouble had I have not given it back……but I couldn’t help but get the 40s barking and end arsey….be rude not too. The blue Mk1 was once owned by my little brother, but not in that condition….she was quite sorry when he had her.

Vince left us again Saturday evening but we would joined by Pete in his 2.9 Cossie powered 280 on Sunday. But it would also prove to be a very hot day and we struggled to walk around for fear of dehydrating. We did have the Torbay Express go by on the mainline headed up by a GWR Castle Class Loco, so a few of us went to see her pass. Then we ventured around the show more. The amount of vehicles on display had risen and the standard of those were amazing. A stunning looking Mk1 Escort Twincam caught my eye personally. We decided to set off at 1600 as we wanted to get out early in case of traffic and heat was still blaring down.

We have all suffered from red bits this weekend….some are more red than others but at least we used the suncream this year.

Roll on next year……but it needs to be a little cooler, not too much though.


Pool Academy Prom at Tregenna Castle

July 11th 2013

Written By: Mark Roberts

It was time for the Pool Academy annual Prom and as my youngest, Liam, left school this year, he was looking forward to going.

Liam and his girlfriend Lauren wanted to arrive in style so I was delighted to take my black 2.8 out of the garage, and take a trip down to the lovely setting of this beautiful hotel. The weather was glorious that day and as you can imagine, looking over the lovely gardens and into St Ives just set the scene for a good evening for Liam and co.

I would’ve liked to have stayed longer to soak up the atmosphere but had to be back to pack, for a 6.00am start to Powderham Castle.


A ‘Grand Day Out’

Sunday 30th June

Written by: Sabrina Tankard

A lovely day spent at the Royal Cornwall Showground for A Grand Day Out. All in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care.

Club Members Mark, Craig and John took their cars for the club stand and were joined by Sabrina, George and Steve.

Cornwall RS Owners Regional Day 2013

At Little Bodieve Holiday Park Wadebridge. Sunday 23rd June.

Written by: Mark Roberts

We met at Chivvy roundabout 10.00am (Mark, Lewis, Steve, Craig and Winston) and then made the 40 minute journey to Wadebridge.

On arrival we were asked to park together in any fashion we liked. Shortly afterwards Sabrina and Bernie joined us and one other very tidy Capri, who decided to join our Club. (Welcome to Robert and his family) The weather was ideal as it was not too hot and not too cold, having said that whilst we were there Bernie regretted wearing his shorts as it did turn a little chilly!

It was another good year for the RS Owners as there were about 100 cars on display, mainly RS Clubs, as well as our Capri’s and Craig’s Escort – Anglia’s, Escorts, Cortina’s and a Mustang also came along. One of the best cars had to be the RS200, it was stunning and the owner had reportedly turned down an offer of £200.000.

The day seemed to go quite quickly, after chilling out and catching up with old friends it was soon time for the formalities and then to head for home. Thanks to Mike and all at Cornwall RS Owners for a great day.


Tregrehan Hill Climb

Organised by Truro & District Motor Club – Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

Written by: Mark Roberts

We attended on the Sunday (Mark, Trevor and Tyler) with the weather being good there was a big turnout of Cars and public.

A couple of Escorts and an Mk1 Fiesta all set good times, but sadly there were no Capri’s running up the hill. There were about 40 Classic cars on display at the top including 1 other Capri, who may join our Club.

During the lunch break there was the usual parade of Classics dominated by TVR’s who had a big display. They also ran a 1905 steam car (whistling Billy) which surprisingly was quite nippy. Cornwall Hospice Care was their nominated Charity, who I think did quite well. For pictures and a Video of the event visit www.trurodmc.co.uk


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